Andy Roddick beat Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-4 in the finals of the Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday in Miami. It’s always nice to see hard work pay off. And it doesn’t hurt to have an American win a big title at home on a holiday weekend. Even though I think CBS stinks for not showing the trophy ceremony, it was a big bonus to have tennis on a major network this Sunday. Yay, Andy! Yay, Tennis!
“I won different ways” a proud Andy Roddick said of his efforts this week. “I played a pretty smart tournament.”
Next up for Andy is the clay court season, which has never been his favorite part of the season. Though last year he had a career-best Round of 16 finish at Roland Garros – who knows what Andy Roddick still has left to achieve?
Oh, and kudos to Tomas Berdych for his efforts this week – beating Federer, Verdasco and Soderling is a big league effort for someone who has already been written off as a fast fading phenom. (Andre Agassi even wrote about it in his book, Open, saying that Tomas didn’t seem to be making good on his early promise.) Is Tomas finally ready to step it up?
UPDATE #1: A little post-match Andy
Congrats as well to the team of Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko, who beat Stosur/Petrova in the women’s doubles final on Sunday. Guess they were happy:
The two women told the press afterwards that they are “best friends” on tour and really enjoy playing together.
Q. How did the two of you pair up? What was the circumstances?
FLAVIA PENNETTA: Well, we are very friends outside of court and we start to play together. Actually, we play good together, and we spend so much time outside of the court.
We have fun inside and outside, so I think it’s important for when you are in the court we just always happy. This is the way we are all the time.
GISELA DULKO: I agree. (Laughter.)
Q. You said you spend time away from the court. Here in Miami did you guys go do anything? Shopping? Partying? Eat somewhere?
FLAVIA PENNETTA: No, partying, no. We went to eat almost every day. We went to have breakfast together every day. We were like sisters here. We went to the beach. We went to the shopping. What else?
Q. So you really are like best friends on the tour?
GISELA DULKO: Yeah.
Q. And it was always that way when you were younger or did you just develop the friendship?
GISELA DULKO: We became closer since, one or three years.
FLAVIA PENNETTA: 2007 we starting to be more close. (around the time Flavs broke up with Moya!)
GISELA DULKO: Before we know each other…
FLAVIA PENNETTA: We spend time together, but it was not like this.